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SF Sketchfest Presents Bill Frisell, Rhett Miller, Dave Foley, Jonah Ray & more

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 27, 2019 06:26pm | Post a Comment

SF SketvhFest 2020

San Francisco's comedy festival SF Sketchfest is back for its 19th year and runs January 9-26th at venues all around the City. Amoeba Music is proud to co-present three hilarious and seriously kool musical events:

The Record Store Day Podcast with Paul Myers, with Dave Foley, Jonah Ray & Caitlin Gill
Saturday January 18, 2020 4pm-5:30pm
Punch Line Comedy Club
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Brought to you by the people behind Record Store Day, The Record Store Day Podcast is a bi-weekly celebration of "record store culture" hosted by acclaimed musician and journalist Paul Myers, featuring news and events from around the Record Store Day world, plus Paul's interviews with a wide variety of guests, all of whom share their own love of records and record stores of the past and present. $20, 18+

 

Wheels Off with Rhett Miller, with Ben Acker, Dave Hill, Janet Varney & Jean Grae
Sunday January 19, 2020 9:30pm-11pm
Swedish American Hall
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SF Sketchfest is thrilled for the return of Wheels Off with Rhett Miller (Old 97s) and his all-star friends. Modeled after old-school variety shows, Wheels Off features music, comedy, a little bit of discussion, and maybe even a skit here and there. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $35, 21+

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21 Record Store Day Black Friday Titles to Look for on November 29th

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2019 12:03pm | Post a Comment

21 Record Store Day Black Friday Titles to Look for

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Is it awesome new tunes, out in unexpected formats, filled with "previously unreleased" promise? Head out to Black Friday at Amoeba on November 29th and you'll be counting your blessings, whether your "blessing" of choice is a picture disc, first-ever vinyl pressing, or limited edition 7" single. This year's Record Store Day Black Friday releases feature some of the most exciting titles to pass through our stores on any RSD -- both the annual April extravaganza and the November retail rocker included.

Part of what makes RSD Black Friday so spcial is the limited nature of many of these releases, so take a look at this year's .pdf menu of titles and plan ahead. If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/29, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll add remaining RSDBF releases to Amoeba.com starting Saturday, 11/30 at 5am PT.

Record Store Day Black Friday 2019

Please note: All Record Store Day Black Friday items are limit one per customer, no holds or phone orders. RSDBF titles are available in-store only on Nov 29. Remaining titles will available for sale online starting Nov 30 at 5am PT.

In addition to these spectacular new titles, we will also special Black Friday sales on headphones, posters, select turntables, green tag DVDs & Blu-ray, and a gift certificate sale between 5-6pm only. Find out more about the Black Friday deals and happenings at Amoeba.

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A CRY For CECIL TAYLOR, My Avant Gardfather, 1929-2018

Posted by Rick Frystak, May 8, 2019 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Photo by unknown/illustration by Rick Frystak
 

Welcome back to The Choice Bin. It's 1973, UCLA's Royce Hall, a few notches up from what it is today satus-wise as there just weren't many halls to showcase serious music in '73. Big deal anytime or place, these artists in L.A. then, (like say, Stevie Wonder) so the town was abuzz. Cecil Taylor is here to play a solo piano recital. Lee has Rhino stocked. Lingerers linger. Jivers jive. Clowns clown. There's a festival vibe, it was called Newport Jazz Fest west or whatever. This night is just Cecil.

The concert begins. Each note, chord harmony, repetition, arpeggio, triad, cluster, question-and-answer; a sensation of logic and emotion. To some,''noise''. This man went to the New York Conservatory. Cecil is here in UCLA playing a huge 10-foot Bosendorfer piano and the paint is already coming off the walls. Folks are on the edge of their seats.

OMG, it's Cecil my main man, my idol in the ''out'' music. I have "all" his albums. I'm in the SAME ROOM with him! Tonight, Cecil has come from a whisper (he hadn't begun dancing out to the piano yet) to a brilliantly built mountain of sound.

It's getting more and more and more intense when all of a sudden, a man sitting almost dead-center STANDS UP,TAKES OFF HIS SHIRT and begins dancing and...YELLING!! I couldn't believe what I was seeing for a split second, but then that same feeling came over me, but I stayed in my seat. It was like a shot of adrenaline, more exciting than ANYTHING I'd ever heard, right then and there...the physical manifestation of the sounds we were hearing, driving us to yelling!

Some critics were not impressed. “Anyone working with a jackhammer could have achieved the same results,” wrote jazz critic Leonard Feather, in the L.A. Times.

Mr. Taylor left this planet one year ago this month. Cecil was respected around the world, winning grants and receiving fellowships year after year. In 2013 Cecil received the Kyoto Prize, a huge honor in Japan, equivalent to a MacArthur Genius Award. (Cecil is a past recipient of the MacArthur award). Alas, the Kyoto Prize, which amounted to $500,000, was embezzled and swindled from Cecil by a man posing as Cecil's business manager. Leonard Feather should have known that jackhammer operators don't usually receive half-million-dollar cash awards from foreign countries. Leonard had what is known as a,"chip on his shoulder" regarding music such as Taylor's, and the avant garde in general, but the Los Angeles Times dug his jazz criticism for many, many years, for their own reasons. Mr. Taylor had a huge impression on my own appreciation of music and all art, especially the avant garde that was outside the mainstream. I still get a flash of inspiration when I see even his photograph.

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Record Store Day 2019 at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2019 09:05pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day at Amoeba SF, 2019
Photos by Kelly Sweeney-Osato. Words by Audra Wolfmann.

On Saturday, April 13th, Amoeba SF, along with hundreds of independently owned music stores around the world, celebrated Record Store Day. We opened at 8am for the first time in our 12-year history of RSD-ing. This may sound crazy early, but we opened the doors to a line that went down Haight Street, around the corner onto Stanyan, and down to Waller! RSD limited edition releases is what this crowd of early risers was after. If you missed the boat on this holy day, fear not as we still have a few titles online HERE.

In addition to the RSD limited edition releases, Amoeba SF had DJs from 8am to 3pm, setting the tone for the shopping extravaganza. Massive kudos to all of our DJs (Maria Victoria & Dizzy Miss Lizzy of Black Rhythm Happening, Mario Muse, Carolyn Keddy, Smash Hunter, B-Side Brujas, Digital KitKat), but most of all to DJ Bearzbub who played a bitchin' 8am set that has us all dancing in the aisles.

Yes, another glorious Record Store Day has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you need to wait another year the celebrate the virtues of vinyl. All three Amoeba Music locations are open year-round, fighting the good fight and listening to the righteous tunes.

Here's some photos from Saturday. Please see the complete set HERE.
 

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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2019 Recap

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2019 07:16pm | Post a Comment

record store day at Amoeba Hollywood Recap

At Amoeba Hollywood, fans began lining up the night before for their shot at grabbing some of this year's most exciting limited edition Record Store Day exclusive releases. When we opened our doors this morning, we were impressed by the passion, dedication, and celebratory spirit of the folks waiting in line, many of whom have visited Amoeba on Record Store Day for several years in a row! 

Our friends at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf were on hand bright and early this morning, serving up coffee and pastries to the the dedicated crew hanging out on the corner of Sunset and Ivar. Also pictured below is our newest t-shirt with a limited edition floral logo! This shirt made its debut on Record Store Day and is available in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood in sizes XS-XXL.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

RSD Customer in Costume

This dynamic duo celebrated their love for Record Store Day in style!

 

In addition to the usual slew of collectible LPs, 7"s, and picture discs, there were also day-long deals on used DVDs and Blu-rays (25% off). Turntables were 20% off (excluding the adorable and awesome RSD3 Mini Turntable). All mugs and used books were also 20% off.

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